March 14, 2021

View events, resources and what's happening on the School Bulletin.

March 15 | SPS Board District IV Candidate Forum, 5:30-8:30 p.m.

March 17 | Running Start Information Sessions, 10 a.m and noon (pick one)

April 12-16 | Spring Break

April 19-June 12 | BHS Sports Season 2

May 6 | PTSA Board Meeting, 7 p.m.

May 6-8 and 13-15 | Musical Spring Awakening
May 31 Memorial Day

June 3 | Spring Choir Concert, 7 p.m.

June 4 | Spring Orchestra Concert, 7 p.m.

June 5 | Spring Band Concert, 7 p.m.

June 10 | PTSA Board Meeting, 5:30 p.m. and PTSA General Meeting/Awards Night, 7 p.m.
Student tops film category at WSPTA Reflections
Wow! Congratulations to student film maker Sydney Smith, who won the Outstanding Interpretation in Film Production (9-12) for "a letter to my younger self" in the WSPTA Reflections Arts Recognition Program.

Smith will represent the Ballard High PTSA at Nationals! Nationals Reflections awards are announced in May and we'll keep you posted when we hear anything. Thanks to Photography Teacher Gina O'Neill for organizing this year's submissions as well as Digital Film Teacher Steven Bradford.

We had three student artists move onto state: Sydney Smith, Sheridan Green and Mara Scanlan, who all had work inspired by this year's theme I Matter Because. Check out all their work on the Reflections page. And here's Sydney's winning film!
5th Annual History Day Virtual Showcase | March 17
Students in Mr. Kyle Morean, Mr. Shawn Lee and Ms. Robin Dowdy's US History classes are participating in National History Day (NHD).

NHD is an exciting program that encourages young people to analyze a historical subject related to an annual theme. This year's theme is “Communication in History.” At the Showcase, students will present their research through student made Exhibits, Websites, Documentaries and Lectures.

The Fifth Annual Ballard History Day Showcase Virtual Event is on Wednesday, March 17 from 7-8:15 p.m. Teams Link and more details on the NHD webpage. Please join us, and support our Ballard historians. Link and more details here.
Pre-order your 2020-21 Shingle thru March 27!
Hurrah, yearbook production is underway and now you have a chance to order your own copy of the Shingle! Yearbooks are for sale for $50 through March 27 via SchoolPay on the Source.

Questions? Contact Follow the Shingle Yearbook Committee and meet the editors on Instagram @bhs_shingle.
Attention Sophomores and Juniors!
Running Start information sessions
BHS Sophomores and Juniors who are interested in Running Start: Attending one of our information sessions is mandatory for anyone who is interested in learning more about Running Start for the 21-22 school year.

Meetings are offered at 10 a.m. and noon on Wednesday, March 17. Visit your School Counselor's Schoology page for a link to the meetings. You only need to attend one meeting.

Program details can be found on the Running Start Information page.
Ink Journal accepting student creative works
Student artists, photographers and writers: There will still be a Ink Journal for this school year! Submit to the 2021 Ink Journal by April 21!

We accept all forms of art, including drawings, photography, poetry, and short stories. Email your work to

Submission details here. Deadline is April 21.
Earth Service Corps club fundraiser movie night
Interested in a virtual movie night? Mark your calendars!

Ballard High School's Earth Service Corps will be hosting a virtual movie night to help raise donations for climate refugees through the Climate Refugee Organization (www.climate-refugees.organd International Refugee Rights Initiative ( Please see their websites for more information about them!

The movie night will take place on Thursday, March 25 at 5:30 p.m. Donations will be made from ticket ($10) and snack ($7) buying. Snack packs will include sodas, popcorn and candies. Snack pick up will be Thursday, March 25 from 3-4:30 p.m. The link to buy tickets and snacks will be provided next week. Contact or visit the Earth Service Corps club page if you have any questions.

For more information on other BHS online student-interest groups, go to Clubs and Organizations.
Season One competitions kick off ... Go Beavers!
Although spectators are currently not allowed at sporting events, you can watch more games this week on our BHS Athletics YouTube Channel.

Here are events streaming this week:
Monday, March 15:
JV Football vs. O’Dea @ home – 6:30 p.m.

Wednesday, March 17
JVC Volleyball vs. Lincoln @ home – 4 p.m.
JV Volleyball vs. Lincoln @ home – 5:30 p.m.
Varsity Volleyball vs. Lincoln @ home – 7 p.m.

Thursday, March 18
Girls Varsity Soccer vs. Lincoln @ Lower Woodland – 4 p.m.
Girls JV Soccer vs. Lincoln @ home – 7:30 p.m.

Friday, March 19
Girls JVC Soccer vs. Seattle Prep, Away, 4 p.m.
Gymnastics vs. Franklin @ home, 7 p.m.
Varsity football vs. Rainier Beach, TBD, details posted on BHS website/ @ballardbeaverfootball.
More information at the BHS Athletics Update.
More XC runners PR at second meet vs Hale
The Cross Country team had a great second meet against Nathan Hale last Wednesday at Magnuson Park. There were 21 PRs (Personal Records) run, and much of the team improved on the week prior, a great second race.

New students are starting to learn how to race, and there were a number of photo finishes and big improvements from their first race.

Teamwise, the boys tied for first but just missed out on the tie-breaker and the girls won the meet! Next week, the meet is Thursday, March 18 at Magnuson Park again and the team will be racing against Roosevelt! Follow @ballardhsxc on Instagram.
Ballard Volleyball tops Ingraham in openers
The Ballard Girls Volleyball Team hit the courts inside the Den for its season opener against Ingraham March 3, taking all three of the contests on the JVC, JV and Varsity levels. Go Beavers!

The games were all streamed live on the Ballard YouTube page. The girls will host Lincoln on Wednesday, March 17. JVC plays at 4 p.m.; JV at 5:30 p.m.; and Varsity takes the court at 7 p.m. (Ballard Athletics YouTube streams are linked for the games.)
All three soccer teams take field in week two
The Girls Varsity Soccer Team faced an extremely good Lakeside team last Thursday. Although we lost 2-0, the girls played outstanding. They played their hearts out and it really felt like a win to us. The overall effort and play was tremendous and exciting. All 20 players contributed as a team. Ballard PRIDE was on full display.

Senior Captains Kristen Seeley and Ella Tipping lead the charge. Our three varsity freshmen (Reese Carlisle, Peyton Nakagawara and Zoe Feeley Wheeler) all played extremely well with composure and sharpness. Junior Ani Haug was on point and purely solid in goal for the Beavers. There was definitely a massive improvement from a week ago by the whole team and much to build on.

The JV team fell in a spirited effort Thursday to Lakeside 6-0. And in its first game and home opener, the JVC squad shutout Ingraham 4-0 last Friday afternoon at BHS Field.

Next up for your Ballard Beavers Girls Soccer is Lincoln HS next Thursday, March 18. Remember you can always replay and catch live stream games on our Ballard High School Athletics YouTube Channel. Follow @ballardgirlsoccer on Instagram
Gymnastics tops home opening meet
Ballard Gymnastics had its first meet in over a year at the Dam, hosting Chief Sealth and Ingraham. The Beavers topped the meet: Cosette tied for first on vault; won bars; was fourth on beam; second on floor; and second all-around.

Lilly won beam, was third on bars, floor and all-around; and tied for fourth on vault. Alex tied for fourth on the vault; was fourth on bars and all-around; and tied for fifth on beam. Clare was fourth on the floor and fifth all around; and Audrey tied for fifth on the beam. Photo and results courtesy of @ballardgymnastics/Instagram. Go Beavers!
Swim & Dive kicks off season with virtual meet
The Ballard Girls Swim and Dive Team showed fortitude at a virtual meet against Lincoln at the Queen Anne Pool on Friday night. (Swim scores still being tallied at deadline.)

Follow @ballardgirlsswimanddive on their Instagram page.
Beaver Readers March on into spring books
Spring means taking those reads outside in the sunshine and fresh air. And time to share all your thoughts on your books with fellow Beaver Readers! Check out this week's online Library groups; meeting links are available on the Library Schoology page:

Monday, March 15 - Eager Beaver Readers, noon
Tuesday, March 16 - Library Leaders, noon
Wednesday, March 17 - Picture Book Pilot Reading Buddies, 10 a.m.
Friday, March 19 - Ballard Comic Book Club (Gideon Falls Vol. 2 by Jeff Lemire and Andrea Sorrentino), noon

The Beaver Readers Book Club next meets at 12:30 p.m. on Friday, March 26. Check out the Library Catalog at to put this month's title, Concrete Rose by Angie Thomas, on hold (This is Starr Carter's dad, Maverick's backstory from The Hate U Give). Be ready to discuss with Ms. Chambers, the Head Beaver and fellow readers.

Visit the BHS Library page to check out a gallery of all our Curbside fun!
In-person graduation advocacy efforts start
BHS Senior Officers have put together a petition to express support for the BHS Class of 2021 having an outdoor and safety-guided graduation this June, which is linked on the action button here.
Parent letter-writing campaign starting too
➾ Separately, there is a joint effort among some Seattle high school parents to lobby the Governor’s office for a variance to allow in-person graduation ceremonies.

If you support this effort, please write to Gov. Jay Inslee. Instructions for contacting the Governor’s office are below, along with a template letter that you can edit and use.

Senior T-shirt sales end March 19
Class of 2021: Don't forget to get your senior swag! Senior T-shirts are on sale through March 19 on SchoolPay. Cost is $14.

Stay tuned for distribution and pickup date!
Seattle Promise students!
FAFSA/WASFA deadline on April 15
Attn: Seattle Promise Students | The FAFSA/WASFA deadline for Seattle Promise students is April 15!

You and your parent/guardian are invited to get support completing this process from your Outreach Specialist Kelsey Peronto and the rest of the Seattle Promise Outreach team
Visit the Ballard HS Counseling News page for more details.
Scholarship opportunities | BHS & SPS
Students! Did you know we have a designated Scholarship Bulletin page with current scholarship opportunities as well as a Seattle Public School Bulletin that is updated monthly (March now available!)

Be sure to check the page often for more opportunities!
Sons of Norway Scholarships | Deadline March 30
The Sons of Norway at Leif Erikson Lodge have opened applications for 2021 scholarships for applicants who meet the requirements.

To apply or review the requirements of each scholarship -- including the $2,000 Douglas Warne Vocational Scholarship and the $1,000 Youth Leadership Award -- please visit the Leif Erikson Lodge website. Scholarship applications are due March 30.
Virtual College Visits & College Fairs
Students! Did you know that there are still upcoming College Visits? Visit the College Visits and Events webpage often for additional school visit dates and more details.
2:05 p.m. Tuesday, March 16 | Seattle Pacific University

7-8 p.m. Thursday, March 18 | Explore California Schools with ARROW (Online college fair featuring admissions counselors from Cal Poly San Luis Obispo, San Diego State, University of the Pacific, University of Redlands, and University of San Francisco) Visit ARROW website for more information.

1:10 p.m. Friday, March 19 | Harvard University
Virtual Job/Internship Board
Students, check out the virtual Job Board located on the Counseling Center page! Be sure to check the page often for current updates and opportunities! Here are some options below:
Seattle Youth Employment Program
Youth Employment Program | The Seattle Youth Employment Program (SYEP) supports young people (ages 16 to 24) from qualifying-income households and communities that experience racial, social, and economic disparities. The goal is to increase youth and young adults' ability to pursue careers that pay well and are meaningful to them.

Applications for SYEP 2021 summer internships are now open, and will close on Friday, April 2. Visit SYEP page for more details and application.
Note from the Nurse: Benefits of laughter
It was a really tough crowd. I tried cracking a joke but those three faces stared back at me with nary a smile or laugh. My kids told me none of my jokes were funny. I just rolled my eyes at them and tried again. One day, I will make them laugh. To this day, I am still trying.

The benefits of laughter are wide-ranging. Laughter has been shown to help one learn something new and also to remember things. Humor helps build connections in relationships. Laughter is contagious and brings well-being in a community setting. Humor helps to decrease stress and may even boost your immune system. So let those jokes rip or see the quirky side of things. What have you got to lose? Certainly not your sense of humor!

~ BHS Nurse Laurie Tirtanadi, RN, MS, ARNP. For more information, check out the School Nurse page or email
Stay connected to BPA | Web/social media links
For more information on Ballard Performing Arts, visit the BPA website.

More Quick Links:
Sign Up for Weekly Enews - THE source for all BPA happenings

Visit BPA's Remote Learning Page
Follow Ballard Performing Arts on Social Media:
Join the 2021-22 BHS PTSA team!
BHS relies heavily on parent volunteers to help provide the best possible experience and opportunities for all students.

One easy and fun way for parents to get involved at Ballard is by joining the PTSA Executive Board or its various committees. 

We are actively seeking BHS parents/guardians for a variety of positions listed below. Many of the available roles require little to no PTSA experience and take a few hours each month.

Openings include:
Direct Appeal 
SPREE Graduation Party
PTSA Website Editor
Weekly Newsletter Co-Editor (shared role)
Social Media support (shared role)

If you have questions or would like to learn more about the open roles for the upcoming school year, please contact the BHS PTSA Nominating Committee at
Auction BASH postponed to 2022
Our BHS auction team, along with our PTSA, have made the very challenging decision to forgo the auction for the 2020-2021 school year.

There is good news though: Vaccines are out! Numbers are dropping! And we are hopeful that by spring 2022 we can throw Ballard’s biggest post-Covid soiree. Stay tuned for the biggest BASH ever!

Want to join the auction team? Email
Want to help with next year's auction? Keep an eye out for more info to come in fall newsletters.

If you had funds ear-marked for the auction this year, we encourage you to make your intended donation to the PTSA to allow us to continue our efforts in supporting staff and students during the 2020-2021 school year.
Have a BHS question? Here's who to contact!
Ballard High School Office Hours are 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. weekdays, although the building is closed for visitors.

Please call (206-252-1000) or email BHS Administrative Secretary Cindy Peterson at or Asst./Athletics Secretary Rayna Bauer at with any questions at all.

More current school updates here: 
BHS Athletics Booster Club Newsletter
Ballard Athletics fans, sign up for the Athletic Booster Club Newsletter! Details and signup info in the March edition.
Free sports physicals at BTHC
The Ballard Teen Health Center (BTHC) offers free sports physicals for SPS students.

If you are interested in scheduling an appointment, please send an email or call/text to BTHC Clinic Coordinator Say Tuitele at | 206-390-3355.

If you are not yet registered, you can complete a Consent for Care Services here.
Spring football schedule
BHS football games are planned for Memorial Stadium, except for the Week 5 game which will be at Eastside Catholic High School.

Here's the rest of this year's schedule. (Note: Start times may change.)

March 19 @ Rainier Beach | 8 p.m.
March 26 vs. Garfield | 8 p.m.
April 1 @ Eastside Catholic | 7 p.m.

While the team took a tough 41-7 loss to O'Dea Friday at Memorial Stadium, they'll be back to take on Rainier Beach this week.
#BallardPride. Follow @ballardbeaverfootball
District IV Director Candidate Forum March 15
On March 24, the Seattle School Board will appoint a school board director for District IV (4) representing Northwest and Central Seattle including Magnolia, Queen Anne, and southern neighborhoods in Ballard.

The public is invited to join the District IV Candidate Forum 5:30-8:30 p.m. Monday, March 15 planned and moderated by the NAACP Youth Council. All candidates will have the opportunity to share why they are interested in serving on the Seattle School Board and answer questions from students.

Public feedback on the forum will be collected through a form on the District IV appointment web page following the forum. The feedback form will close at noon. on March 18.
The Forum can be streamed online SPSTV YouTube page

To request an accommodation, including language interpretation services, contact the School Board Office ( or 206-252-0040).

Candidates are:

BHS PTSA offers these Community Activities for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
SSEPTSA monthly meeting
The next Seattle Special Education PTSA meeting is on Tuesday, March 16 at 7 p.m.

Adrienne Stuart, Public Policy Director of the Developmental Disabilities Council, will present a legislative update regarding bills affecting the disability community.

Meeting registration here. More information about SSEPTSA on their website.
Smart but Scattered author speaks at Parent U event
At Bush School's virtual Parent University event at 5 p.m. March 17, Dr. Peg Dawson, co-author of the books Smart but Scattered and Smart but Scattered Teens, will describe how executive-functioning skills develop throughout childhood and how parents can help children acquire the critical skills they need to be successful students.

Due to online platform capacity, advance registration is required, but there is no cost associated with your ticket. Learn more about Parent University.
Penguin Productions One Act @ a Time
Work with renowned theater artist Aishé Keita to co-create performance pieces exploring how theater shapes our lives -- and how our lives can shape the future of theater through Penguin Productions' One Act @ A Time.

The performance is open to teens ages 14-18. Rehearsals are 6-8 p.m. Mondays and Wednesdays, March 22-May 5. Performance is May 8-9.

BHS PTSA on social media

You can also follow BHS PTSA on Instagram page @bhs.ptsa and Twitter!
Contribute to PTSA while you shop
Thank you to BHS families who contribute to our PTSA while they shop at Fred Meyer. A digital account is needed to participate. To help contribute, link your Shoppers Card card to the BHS PTSA (code MJ933).

Once your card is linked, all you have to do is swipe your Shopper's Card while paying for your Fred Meyer purchases.
More info about Community Rewards here.
AmazonSmile purchases benefit PTSA
Amazon will donate 0.5% of the price of your eligible AmazonSmile purchases to BHS PTSA. Check out the AmazonSmile information page to learn about using AmazonSmile and select “Ballard High School PTSA, Seattle, WA.” Thank you!
Call to Action:

Ask to preserve funding at pre-COVID levels
Seattle Public Schools, as well as other Washington state school districts, are experiencing declines in enrollment. This means less funding and fewer teachers -- Ballard is projected to lose 6 teachers next year.

Please email your legislators, and those in charge of crafting the budget, and tell them that they need to preserve school funding at pre-COVID levels.

SCPTSA has drafted a sample letter that you can use, which includes legislator email addresses, but personalized appeals are also very helpful.

Using the linked messaging or your own personal appeal, you can also call the Legislative Hotline: 1.800.562.6000 and leave a message for your Legislators.

You can do this in your preferred language and your message will be translated for your Legislators.
Community Resources
The BHS PTSA offers Community Resources for informational purposes & does not necessarily support activities or views presented therein.
Food bank services
Do You Have an Announcement for the BHS PTSA Newsletter?
Submit content (appropriate and relevant to Ballard High School or Community) by 5 p.m. Thursday (1 or 2 weeks before your event ) to the BHS Newsletter Editor email at Please submit posts no more than 100 words and include relevant URLs, contact info and a small graphic (if available). Editor has full discretion over what is published. The BHS PTSA provides Community News for purely informational purposes and does not necessarily support the activities or views presented therein.